The city of Cardiff is country town of Glamorgan. It was a small town till 19th century but its importance as major port for transportation of coal and arrival of industry raise it as a major city. It was made a city in 1905 and become capital of Wales in 1955. The City has been governed by the city and County Council of Cardiff with its base at County Hall at Cardiff Bay.475 Councilors are elected by voters every four years and next elections are due in 2012. No individual political party got majority on Cardiff County Council since the 2004 elections. Today, it is finance and business services centre of Wales, Public Administration, Education and Health sectors accounted for around 75% of economic growth. It was recently placed seventh overall in the top 50 European cities in the FDI 2008 Cities of the Future list published by FDI magazine and also ranked 7th in terms of attracting foreign investment. The city was awarded with the European City of Sport in 2009 due to its role in hosting many high profile sporting events at local, national and international level. River House hostel
Recreation It has a strong nightlife and known as home to many bars, pubs and clubs. Many clubs and bars are situated in city centre. It is also known for its parks and other green spaces covering almost 10% of city area. It is one of the top ten retail destinations in the UK with three main shopping arcades and two shopping streets at Queen Street and St Mary Street.Attractions There are number of tourist attractions in and around city. Sight seeing is treat to watch, with magnificent civic buildings and historic Castle & architecture. The National Museum is one of the finest galleries. Worlds best open air museum St Fagans National History Museum is just outside city, there are number of buildings which are part of museum were brought from different parts of Wales city.Accommodation Tourists looking for five-star hotel, guest house or a room on a budget, city has plenty of choice, and almost all the hotels and Bread and Breakfasts are at walking distance from market, railway station and tourist attractions. If you are looking to stay with family for a fortnight or on a short break with someone, everything is there in the city.
Air – Cardiff airport is the only international airport at Wales which provides international as well domestic air links to South and West Wales. The airport is situated 16 km west of city.
Rail – Central railway station of the city is the largest as well as one of the busiest railway stations in Wales with seven platforms. It provides direct rail link to some of the major destinations like London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Bus – Bus network provide frequent discounted services to London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. Free shuttle bus service is also available after every 10 minutes linking all major destinations of the city.